03 Apr '11, 5am

The Annotated Budak: Fruit of the forest by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Fruit of the forest by @budak

, which is grown in villages and occurs also in the forests, has the largest fruits. They ripen greenish-yellow to light orange, and the large pale-brown seeds are thickly coated with white to pale-yellow pulp. This heavily armoured, tough fruit splits slightly when ripe and its five parts can then be forced open. The fruit smells of a mixture of onions, drains, and coal-gas, but the aril has no smell and tastes of caramel, cream, and, as some say, strawberries and raspberries. Usually the fruit detaches when ripe and crash to the ground, where the pulp turns rancid in a day or two. In Malaya the smell of fruiting trees in the forest attracts elephants, which congregate for first choice; then come tiger, pigs, deer, tapir, rhinoceros and forest men. Gibbons, monkeys, bears, and squirrels may eat the fruit in the trees; the orang-outan may dominate the repast in Sumatra and...

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